The Islamic State and the Islamic Republic of Iran: a primer

The Islamic Republic and Iran are the two main protagonists of the conflict in Iraq.In 2016, the Islamic State (IS) and the Iran-backed Shiite militias known as the Popular Mobilization Forces (PMF) were in a war of attrition that saw the Islamic state capture vast swaths of Iraq and Syria, while Iran and its ally, […]

How I met the man who was the ‘smooth’ operator of an Iranian prison

A former US Marine who helped run a US prison in Iran, was arrested by Iran’s intelligence agency for helping an Islamic militant escape.According to Iranian news media, Mohammad Moqedi worked as an operator for the Islamic Republic’s main intelligence agency, the Quds Force.He also managed an underground cell in the US, the FBI has […]